Food Notes for November 21, 2022

Openings

  • Century Hospitality is opening a new property called Birdog in the space that formerly housed Bottega 104 (10181 104 Street).
  • Sauce Modern Caribbean Cuisine opened over the weekend, located at 13655 St. Albert Trail.
  • Dorinku Osaka has a new pop-up ramen shop called Tenjin Ramen, that opened over the weekend.
  • The Mash has opened their third location in the Edmonton area, this time in Old Strathcona (joining restaurants in Windermere and St.Albert). Find them at 10402 82 Avenue.

Closures

  • After 4.5 years in operation, Yelo’d shared that they are closing on December 23, 2022. In their announcement, they do hint at “amazing things” planned for 2023.
  • High Dough is closing their Garneau location (in order to concentrate their pizza operations at the Strathcona location). But they promise new life for the former Three Boars space.

Local News

  • I love local collaborations! This one sees Jacek partner with Kind Ice Cream to recreate three of their most popular ice cream flavours into chocolate bars. The bars are sold exclusively at Kind.
  • Another great collaboration is between Remedy and Alley Kat, to produce a Chai Latte Porter.
  • The Silver Skate Festival has brought back their Celebrate Edmonton Bags, surprise bags filled with goods sourced from local companies. I’ve purchased them in the past and have found them to be a delight.
  • After only a 7 week trial, the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market has decided to call it quits on opening on Fridays: “At this time we would like to focus on our current customer base who is telling us their preferred market days are on the weekend.”
  • Edify suggests places to watch the World Cup.
  • Also from Edify, they checked out brunches at Tiramisu Bistro and Versailles Cafe.
  • The University of Alberta held a forum to ponder what we might be eating in 50 years.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

  • Those looking for locally-grown lettuce can consider Vertical Roots Canada, who farm their greens in south Edmonton using aquaponics. Their product is available at the Bountiful Farmers’ Market.

What I Ate

  • There’s nothing like a morning pick-me-up from Rosewood Foods. Their breakfast sandwiches and potatoes are just so good.
  • Rosewood Foods

Chicken sausage sandwich from Rosewood Foods

Food Notes for November 14, 2022

Openings

Upcoming Events

  • Dalla’s Amano Holiday Market returns on December 3, 2022 from 11am-3pm. They will have roasted chestnuts and local vendors.
  • A Christmas version of the popular Filipino Sari Sari Mercado Market will take place on December 10 and 11, 2022 at 10505 106 Street.

Local News

What I Ate

  • While at Dalla for lunch last week, I couldn’t pass up the chance to have the scaccia again – I love the all of the layers of meat and cheese.
  • Dalla

Scaccia from Dalla

  • I have noted in the past that I do wish more meal kits created in the wake of the pandemic remained, but I am glad for those that are still available. This includes the frozen Vietnamese soups from Momma Tong, which are so handy when a craving for Bun Bo Hue hits.
  • Momma Tong

Bun Bo Hue from Momma Tong

Food Notes for November 7, 2022

I’m doing my best to keep to my weekly posting, but the reality is the return to having a newborn in our house has been a steeper curve than I expected! I know some of you missed my Food Notes last week, so here is a super-sized version to catch you up.

Openings

  • Vintage Fork’s tea shop in the historic Barto Residence is now open at 11425 95A Street.
  • Asymmetrical Brewing is opening their new space on November 9, 2022. They are located in part of the storefront that formerly housed Two Sergeants Brewing, 11821 105 Avenue.
  • Rigoletto’s is moving to the CKUA Building (9802 Jasper Avenue), aiming to re-open in mid-November.
  • Bodega is opening their sixth location in Ellerslie in mid-December, located at 916 103A Street SW.
  • After closing their Downtown pop-up, Fawkes Coffee & Doughnuts has shifted their pop-up across the river to 10507 Saskatchewan Drive.
  • Bubble tea shop Boba Bar opens in Sherwood Park on November 8, 2022 at 540, 3850 Sherwood Drive.
  • Taiwan-based bubble tea chain Kung Fu Tea has opened in Edmonton at 14250 23 Avenue.
  • Loblaws City market in Ice District officially opens on November 9, 2022. It is located at 10324 103 Avenue.
  • A new “dessert experience” is coming soon to Old Strathcona, called Phat Bar Bakery, located at 101, 10813 82 Avenue.

Upcoming Events

  • The inaugural ICE District Chili Cook-Off will be hosted at the Molson Hockey house on November 10 from 5-8pm. The entrance fee is a $10 donation to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and includes 8 sampling tickets and a vote for the People’s Choice Award.
  • The Butchery is hosting a Christmas Market on November 27, 2022. $15 tickets include food and wine samples, and a $5 credit towards any purchase at The Butchery.

Local News

Urban Agriculture and Farming

  • Has the City’s food and urban agriculture strategy moved the needle at in the decade since coming into being? Not much, some urban farmers told Taproot.

What I Ate

  • Leopard finally began offering take-out, so we finally were able to try their pizza! I’m sure the pie would have definitely been better eaten hot out of the oven, but I loved the chew in the crust. We’ll definitely have to go back in person one day.
  • Leopard

Paulie’s from Leopard (we appreciated that they honoured our request to put olives on only half the pizza, too)

  • We’re always grateful to have Tiffin so close – to be able to walk out with a meal in minutes definitely helps on some of those extra busy nights.
  • Tiffin

Take-out from Tiffin (I especially love their mango paneer!)

Food Notes for October 24, 2022

Presenting: Edmonton Food Faves We Crave

While both Linda and I have maintained long-standing blogs which include weekly suggestions for dining options, we are often still asked for recommendations and to share our “favourite” restaurants. As a result, some time ago, Linda and I started to think about how we might put together a list of some of our favourite places. Edmontonfoodfaves.ca was born, with 15 categories of our #YEGFoodFaves, with three suggestions under each.

We want to make it clear that this list (like all “best of” or “top” lists) is completely subjective to our tastes, not at all exhaustive, and reflects our biases.

To help launch our list, we’ve put together an “Edmonton Food Faves We Crave Passport” you are invited to follow for a chance to win prizes, while supporting local restaurants and eating some pretty tasty food along the way!
From Oct.19-Nov. 16, 2022, visit places on our Food Faves list and share about where you’ve gone and what dishes you’ve tried to be entered to win gift cards to our favourite places! More details about how to enter are on the page.

We hope you’ll enjoy eating your way through #YEGFoodFaves as much as we enjoyed putting together our list!

Openings

  • Chain Yushang Rice Noodle is now open at 10167 109 Street.
  • Oomami Dog, offering Asian-inspired kurobuta pork hot dogs and seafood rolls, is now open inside the south side location of Splash Poke (4112A Calgary Trail).
  • NV Restaurant opened about a month ago in Edgemont (20015 Lessard Road).
  • Walmart has opened in Kingsway Mall (having relocated the location from Westmount Centre).

Upcoming Events

  • Beverly Dining Week returns October 21-30, 2022, with 10 participating restaurants offering menu specials priced at $15-$30.

Local News

What I Ate

  • We started our month of #YEGFoodFaves with a return to King Noodle House. I love noodle soups year-round (as evidenced from the list!), but the cravings especially kick in when the weather takes a turn. We made the brisk walk over on Friday to pick up our take-out of my go-to Bun Bo Hue.
  • King Noodle House

Our King Noodle House order

Food Notes for October 17, 2022

Openings

  • Remedy opened a new location in HUB Mall at the University of Alberta.
  • Sauce, offering “modern Caribbean cuisine” is opening soon at 13655 St. Albert Trail.

Upcoming Events

  • LitFest’s annual Food Matters on October 22, 2022 is about the Chinese diaspora and identity this year, featuring author and film documentarian Cheuk Kwan, and Hungry Zine’s Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon and Kyla Pascal. Tickets are $25 in advance.
  • The next Swine & Dine event will be hosted at RGE RD. Tickets for the family-style feast are $65 per person.
  • The Edmonton Christmas Market returns at Fort Edmonton Park, from November 30-December 18, 2022. Admission starts at $15 plus fees for adults and $10 plus fees for children 6-17.

Local News

What I Ate

  • It had been a while since our last order from Syphay, so it seemed time to reacquaint ourselves with their pad Thai and green curry. It definitely hit the spot!
  • Syphay

Take-out from Syphay

  • We had to take to the trails on such a glorious weekend. And it really was the perfect day for a cool treat, so we couldn’t pass up some Pinocchio ice cream from the River Valley Adventure Co.
  • Pinocchio

Pinocchio ice cream break

  • I’d been curious about Dosi Rock after passing them at the Legislature grounds countless times, and given this might just be the last nice week of fall, it was a good time as any to give them a try. They were super efficient (the order was prepared in two minutes flat), and I really enjoyed the flavour of the bulgogi.
  • Dosi Rock

Bulgogi from Dosi Rock

Food Notes for October 10, 2022

Openings

Closures

Upcoming Events

  • The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival celebrates 25 years with their annual event at the Edmonton Convention Centre on November 4-5, 2022. Admission starts at $27.28 but does not include sampling coupons needed to obtain food and drinks.

Local News

What I Ate

  • Not all takeout is made equal. Some dishes just aren’t suited to delayed consumption. But the Nish Klik from Pei Pei Chei Ow held up well, enduring the bus ride home. The two breaded pork cutlets stayed crispy, and were well served by the horseradish aioli and pillowy brioche bun. It is definitely worth grabbing for takeout!
  • Pei Pei Chei Ow

Nish Klik from Pei Pei Chei Ow

Food Notes for October 3, 2022

Openings

  • Cav Cafe is now open in the former Burrow space located inside Central LRT station
  • Miss Korea Cafe is now open at 10335A 100 Avenue.
  • Khazana opened their third location last week, in north Edmonton, located at 184 Mistatim Road.
  • Thai Corner opened recently at 9314 34 Avenue.
  • Another location of Blowers & Grafton opened in Sherwood Park last week (#500, 7000 Emerald Drive).
  • The Banquet in Ice District will open on October 15, 2022.

Closures

Upcoming Events

  • YEG Food Masters is “a Black Box competition where competitors will be challenged to cook their best dish in 1 hour using 3 secret ingredients which will be required to be used in the dish.” Tickets are $180 for 2 people, and include cocktails and 3 dishes, and tastings of the Black Box dishes. The first event takes place October 12 at El Beso.

Local News

What I Ate

  • The cruffin from Brio Bakery is one of my favourite treats in the city! Their filled cruffins are great, but more often than not the cinnamon sugar is my go-to.
  • Brio Bakery

Cinnamon sugar cruffin from Brio Bakery

  • It’s great to have Northern Chicken in #yegdt! Our family of four enjoyed the patio there last week, though truth be told we only lasted about ten minutes with the food before baby Elizabeth forced us to pack it in. Thankfully, we didn’t have far to go!
  • Northern Chicken

Our spread from Northern Chicken

Food Notes for September 26, 2022

Openings

Upcoming Events

  • The Telus World of Science “becomes Edmonton’s largest food and drink laboratory” for their fundraising even Where Science Meets Cocktails. Tickets are $109 and include cocktail-inspired science activities and food from restaurants including RGE RD, Filistix, and Guru.

Local News

What I Ate

  • It had been too long since my last Kasey Ramen order (and the first where I could actually eat the egg!). The tonkotsu broth was so creamy and supremely satisfying.
  • Kasey Ramen

Kasey Ramen tonkotsu

Food Notes for September 19, 2022

Lindsay Porter First to Represent Edmonton on Top Chef Canada

Local chef Lindsay Porter will be Edmonton’s first-ever representative on Top Chef Canada, which launches its 10th season on Food Network Canada on Sept. 26.

She’ll compete against 10 other chefs from across Canada for the show’s largest ever cash prize of $100,000.

On previous seasons of Top Chef Canada, other major cities have been well-represented, including 11 contestants from Calgary since the show’s inception in 2011. Chef Alexei Boldireff, formerly with Baijiu, competed for a spot in Season 7, but failed to join the main cast.

Porter has participated in several other Food Network programs in previous years, including Beat Bobby Flay, Guy’s Grocery Games, and Fire Masters. But as to why it took 10 seasons for Top Chef Canada to embrace its first contestant from Edmonton, Porter can only speculate.

“Maybe it was Edmonton’s reputation for not having many independent restaurants years and years ago,” said Porter. “In the past, Edmonton had kind of a muted culinary scene and wasn’t really known for adventurous foods. I think now our culinary scene has exploded, and it’s the perfect time for Edmonton to shine.”

Porter is the executive chef at The Common, and she is very happy that she will have the platform to showcase the restaurant on the show. Porter joined The Common after the pandemic forced her to close her restaurant, London Local, in 2020.

“It’s one of the best companies I’ve worked for,” said Porter. “The people here are great. They’ve been very understanding in that they let me leave to do the competition. I’m super happy to promote them.”

In fact, The Common’s sister restaurant, Fu’s Repair Shop, contributed to the items Porter brought with her to potentially use on the show.

“I brought different ingredients that I was exposed to when we were developing the menu at Fu’s,” said Porter. “I brought lotus leaf and a homemade XO sauce that we make there.”

As expected, Porter cannot reveal much about her time on the show before it airs, but she did share that she was surprised at how quickly she was able to form friendships with the other chefs.

“The chefs are really great,” said Porter. “Not that I was expecting to have feuds or anything, but it was a nice surprise that people were quite humble and good to work with. The most relaxing part of the competition was being able to have nice conversations with people.”

At the moment, The Common hasn’t yet planned to host viewing parties, but Porter indicated that is something they may consider. She was also open to the idea of serving food inspired by her time on TV.

“I could take dishes from various competitions I’ve done — win or lose — and incorporate them into a menu,” said Porter. “It would be fun to put together.”

In the meantime, Porter is excited about the new fall menu items she’s worked on for The Common, including Bengal curry with beef and shrimp, roasted potato fromage blanc cannelloni, and, in the coming weeks, chicken and waffles served with bourbon peach jam.

Porter welcomes any diners who want to ask her about her time on the show and is thrilled that the city is finally getting its due.

“I’m excited to see Edmonton represented,” said Porter. “I’m very proud to be part of the culinary scene here.”

Openings

  • Pip is re-opening in their new location across the street at 10335 83 Avenue on September 22, 2022.
  • DasBrezelHaus is now open at Manchester Square, offering “authentic German hand twisted pretzels”.
  • Brunch Glory opened on September 17, 2022 at 15985 97 Street.
  • Flirty Bird’s second Edmonton location opened this week at 10350 124 Street.
  • OEB’s third Edmonton location will be “hatching” at 5133 Mullen Road.
  • Bodega will be opening another location in Windermere later this year.
  • Brits ‘n’ Bobs is a forthcoming British import shop to open at 10706 82 Avenue.

Upcoming Events

  • The Public is hosting a charcuterie experience with Meuwly’s on October 1, 2022. Attendees will enjoy drinks and snacks, and learn about ingredient pairings and presentation tips.
  • Chicken wing lovers will be happy to hear that Lord of the Wings returns to RE/MAX field on October 1, 2022. Tickets are $38.15 with a portion of profits going towards Wings of Providence.

Local News

Beyond Edmonton

What I Ate

  • We walked over to Tee Pee Treats on on the weekend and tried their cheddar bannock burger special. It was massive, and very satisfying. We enjoyed our lunch on their sunny patio.
  • Tee Pee Treats

Cheddar bannock burger from Tee Pee Treats

  • We also had the chance to try Pal’s, and experienced first hand what the hype is all about! We loved the beef dip and cubano sandwiches we ordered, and the service was spot on. Looking forward to our next visit!
  • Pal’s

Beef dip from Pal’s

  • Trying to make the most of these last summer days, we ended our time in Old Strathcona with some treats from Made by Marcus.
  • Made by Marcus

Cone from Made by Marcus

Food Notes for September 12, 2022

I’m playing catch up after a month away from the blog – Mack and I welcomed our second daughter Elizabeth Male on August 10!

Openings

  • Pals, the sandwich concept from the folks behind The Next Act, Meat, and Pip, is now open at 10335 83 Avenue.
  • If you were missing the flavours from Langano Skies, you will be happy to hear they will be offering their food three nights a week for take-out and delivery out of Barb & Ernie’s Old Country Inn. No opening date has been announced yet.
  • Malina Bakery has opened a second location in Sherwood Park, 150, 3001 Buckingham Drive.
  • The West Block continues to add some interesting local options; the latest will be Zula Kitchen and Wine Bar, from the folks behind Sofra. It will open this fall.
  • At the end of August, the 5th Street Food Hall added a new concept called Meat Shack Barbecue, which serves up Texas BBQ.
  • Yukata is a new Japanese restaurant offering ramen, cheese, and pickle-focused dishes. It is located in the former Nudoru space (10532 82 Avenue).
  • So great to see that Sorellina Brew Bar is now open in Old Strathcona (10546 82 Avenue).
  • BC-based dive bar chain El Furniture’s first Edmonton location is now open at 10765 Jasper Avenue.
  • Komune’s three other concepts join Taco Nova and are now open: Strada (offering Roman-style pizza), Carnivore Subs (selling sandwiches), and Umai Rice (offering sushi).
  • Banh Mi Day is now open at 11765 jasper Avenue.
  • The ice cream businesses just keep on coming – Pure Love is the newest serving up plant-based ice cream from a food truck.
  • A new soft serve stand is now open in West Edmonton Mall called Swirley’s Creamery.
  • Market Street is a shop that stocks many local brands (including Zwick’s, Transcend Coffee, and Caramunchies) that opened up back in June.
  • Swirl Cafe is a Pokemon cafe that is now open at 6825 177 Street.
  • It’s so great that Darling has found a permanent location, and will be opening later this fall at 9612 82 Avenue.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in St. Albert (the second of the chain locations in the Edmonton area) opened earlier in August. It is located at 935 St. Albert Trail.
  • Folks can look forward to the return of the Funky Pickle Pizza Co. brand to Alberta in the near future.

Closures

  • Kitchen by Brad permanently closed as of July 1, 2022. Brad Smoliak shared in a message on the website: “As many of you know, I was born with a congenital heart issue and have been living with an artificial heart for 3 years. While the LVAD, and the amazing team at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute (Hotel MAZ to me) have done a remarkable job, the simple fact is, the LVAD was not designed for the life of a chef. It was designed for most people, to be a one-year bridge to a heart transplant. For me a transplant is not an option, so I need to take extra care of it, and myself.” Brad and his wife Leanne will be writing a regular column in The Tomato about their post-Kitchen adventures.
  • It was announced in the spring that several businesses in Strathearn would be uprooted by some planned development moving ahead. Juniper was one of those, and has since decided to permanently close as of September 18, 2022.
  • Bottega on 104 Street closed on September 3, 2022.
  • Rigoletto’s is also now closed.
  • Home-based business Bonne Vie Bakery will no longer be baking on a regular basis: “The last few months have been challenging with a significant drop in sales, coupled with challenges getting permits from City to develop a commercial kitchen and with increased prices for ingredients.”

Upcoming Events

  • Le Burger Week runs September 1-14, 2022 and 7 restaurants in Edmonton are participating.
  • Sorrentino’s 27th annual Mushroom Harvest, which offers a combination of special dishes, cooking classes, and wine dinners all month long, runs in September.
  • You Need a BBQ is hosting the second annual BBQ, Butchers, Bangers & Beer on October 2, 2022. Tickets are $25 and include a sample of 10 sausages, one beer, and one vote for the best sausage.

Local News

Urban Agriculture and Farming

  • Prairie Gardens Adventure Farm located in Bon Accord was reminded of an order issued by Sturgeon County to cease certain operations – namely, not having more than 100 visitors per day. The owner says this will force them to shut down.
  • Sundog Organic farmers James Vriend and Jenny Berkenbosch had to change the way they farmed to adapt to the changing conditions on their property.

What I Ate

    • We’ve mostly been sticking close to home over the last month, and have been enjoying our share of comfort food, like our go-to order from Jack’s Burger Shack.

Jack’s Burger Shack

The Hangover from Jack’s

    • We’ve still had a chance to try some new-to-us places though, including Basil Pasta Bar. They had huge portions, and were very efficient!

Basil Pasta Bar

Our order from Basil Pasta Bar

    • I’ve also been indulging in foods I was staying away from while pregnant, such as the Grick Middle from Farrow, and cold cut subs from Nhon Hoa.

Nhon Hoa

Combo sub FTW